Links I found interesting for 11-11-2013

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  1. anonymous says:

    For what it’s worth, I rank them the same way:

    1. Mono no Aware (Ken Liu)
    2. Immersion (Aliette de Bodard)
    3. Mantis Wives (Kij Johnson)

    We agree on the #1 choices in all three short fiction categories this year. I haven’t finished all the novels yet, but there is no way I’m going to agree that CAPTAIN VORPATRIL’S ALLIANCE is the top novel on the ballot. It is light-years away from premium Bujold.

    I agree that the Liu story is superb (and in my opinion he had two of the three best pieces of short fiction on last year’s ballot!).

    I DID find “Immersion” engaging, but I thought the ending was a bit weak. As for her style, she has a tendency to come up with some ill-advised similes and metaphors. Such as:

    “He spread his hands, letting the air fall between them like specks of dust.”

    I think a simpler, “He spread his hands, helplessly” would have worked better. Still, it was a pretty good story.

    Alan Heuer

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